Volume XXVI Number 45 November 8, 2002

FrontPage Stories

Calling All Calaqueras y Calaqueros!

By Raymond R. Beltran

Once in a while, you may discover a piece of Chicano literature in a small bookstore, hidden in crevices on old bookshelves, at local spoken word performances, or maybe in a stranger’s hand at the bus stop in your barrio. If you’ve felt the magnetism to pick it up and skim through a few pages, you’d find that Chicanos are beginning to creatively rewrite their own histories and tell their own stories through poetry, but with the help of that little calaca man on the back of the book, sporting his sombrero in front of the green, white and red.


Brent Beltran (standing) and Consuelo Manriquez, founders of Calaca Press.

This logo, a calavera, represents the home-based, family-oriented, Chicano lit-publishing, Calaca Press. Poets from all over the southwest gathered together at UCSD on Saturday night to celebrate Calaca’s fifth year of supporting Chicano art. Poets such as Manuel Vélez from El Paso, Texas, Leticia Hernández-Linares from San Francisco, and San Diego’s very own Taco Shop Poets came together to explode on the microphone with all the vitality and forcefulness that the Chicano lingo could supply.

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Veterans Day 2002 Message From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Veterans Day is always a solemn occasion to reflect on and to show our gratitude for those who have fought to preserve the freedoms all Americans enjoy today.

BLUBO from a coffee house to your television
By Mariana Martinez
What do a chemical engineer, a filmmaker and an architect have in common? They are all part of the team at Galatea audio/visual, the producers of a new show on Univision called BULBO, which started on October fifth.

GALATEA Desde Una Cafetería a Su Televisor
Por Mariana Martínez
¿Qué tienen en común un ingeniero químico, un cineasta y un arquitecto?

Supreme Court Should Strike Out Three Strikes
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
It’s hard to know whether it’s good or bad that the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments this week on the California’s “three-strikes” law. The court has been granite-like in its opposition to anything even faintly tilting toward civil liberties in prisoner-rights cases. But if there’s a prisoner-rights issue that screams for redress, it’s three strikes.

NAVAIR Depot North Island Recibe el Hispanic Achievement Award del Secretario de la Marina
“"Es para mi un gran placer informarles que el Naval Air Depot ha sido seleccionado para recibir uno de los premios de Hispanic Employment Achievement Award de 2002. Esta selección está basada en los esfuerzos y cumplimientos sobresalientes de su comando para aumentar y retener la representación Hispana en todos los niveles de sus trabajadores civiles"”.

Stories

En Una Ceremonia Especial, Tenet Homenajeó el Esfuerzo y la Valentía del Residente de San Diego Tommy Lujan
Durante un almuerzo celebrado en Los Angeles, Tenet California rindió un homenaje especial al residente de San Diego Tommy Lujan, perteneciente al grupo de 31 ‘Héroes’ que transformaron el paisaje del sur con sus notables y ejemplares historias llenas de dedicación, valentía y logros. Lujan, uno de los elegidos por los residentes de California, fue homenajeado en una ceremonia especial.

Qué Hacer si su Hijo le dice “Quiero ser maestro”
Por Nancy Brownell
Nosotros admiramos y respetamos a los maestros. Apreciamos a los maestros. Valoramos todo lo que los maestros hacen por nosotros, especialmente por nuestros niños y adolescentes.

La Universidad de California pone a disposición de todos los estudiantes un curso gratuito en la red de preparación para los exámenes de admisión
A partir de hoy todos los estudiantes de California podrán obtener gratis en la Internet un curso de preparación para tomar exámenes como el SAT y el ACT en un sitio auspiciado por la Universidad.

Weekend Retreat Brings Parents and Students Together to ‘Bridge The Gap’ For College Prep
A free weekend retreat at Palomar Mountain State Park near Escondido will be held Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 19, 2003 by the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) to help high school students and their parents overcome the confusion and anxiety that often exists when preparing for college.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Diego Alvarez
Escuelas que atraen estudiantes
No todos los niños aprenden a la misma velocidad. No todos desarrollan sus capacidades al mismo ritmo en que lo hacen los demás. Y no todos tienen los mismos intereses que el resto de sus compañeros.

Mural of Cultural and Civil Rights Peacemakers Restored by World-Renowned Artist Mario Torero in Bronze Triangle
Martin Luther King, Jr. Nelson Mandela. Dalai Lama. They are just three of history’s peacemakers whose images adorn the revitalized mural on the corner of 32nd and Imperial Avenue. World-renowned muralist, sculptor and activist Mario Torero, whose works are displayed throughout the world, including Chicano Park in San Diego, Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Czechoslovakia and Japan, will unveil the restored mural to the public at a community block party held on Saturday, November 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the mural’s site on 32nd and Imperial.

Latino family conference to be held at Grossmont College Nov. 9
EL CAJON – A free education workshop for parents of Latino students of all ages is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Grossmont College Student Center.

Community Notes:
Feria del Libro y Exhibición de Materiales en Idiomas Diferentes al Inglés
Se invita a todo el público a la Feria del Libro, el martes 12 de noviembre, de 10:00 a.m. a 4:30 p.m. Esta feria se llevará a cabo en la biblioteca Escondido Public Library, localizada en el 239 S. Kalmia St., en Escondido, CA 92025. La entrada y el estacionamiento son gratuitos. Este evento es patrocinado por Serra Cooperative Library System, compuesto de las bibliotecas de los condados de San Diego e Imperial.

Donativo de HSIAC Costeará Centro de Recursos Familiares en National City
Colegio Southwestern Recibe $594,534 para Satisfacer Necesidades de la Comunidad
CHULA VISTA – El Colegio Southwestern ahora podrá ofrecer a los residentes de National City un mejor acceso a la educación superior, servicios sociales y de salud, apoyo a las familias y cuidado infantil—gracias a la reciente adquisición de una subvención de parte de la organización Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (Instituciones Educativas Hispanas Ayudando a las Comunidades; HSIAC, por sus siglas en inglés). El donativo de $594,534 dólares costeará la construcción de un Centro de Recursos Familiares dentro de la nueva aldea educativa en el Centro de Educación Superior en National City (HEC, por sus siglas en inglés).

“Home in the Heights” First-Time Homebuyers Program Expanded
Affordable housing loan available to City Heights Redevelopment Project Area resident
The dream of owning a home may be closer to a reality for many more city Heights residents now that “Home in the Heights,” a first-time homebuyer program, has been expanded to include the entire City Heights Redevelopment Project Area.

SYHC Opens Second Dental Clinic to Meet Increased Demand for Improved Oral Health in South Bay Communities
San Ysidro Health Center (SYHC) held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its second dental clinic in the South Bay. The South Bay Family Dental Center located at 2 North Euclid Suite A in the National City Plaza will help address children’s urgent oral health needs identified in a survey conducted by SYHC in 2000, which revealed an existing children’s oral health epidemic in the South Bay’s medically underserved communities.

Editorials

Editorial
Analysis General Election: The Bill will become due in 2004!
President George W. Bush, with the flags flying high, charged into the heart of the American political landscape and did battle to win control of all the Congressional seats that were up for grabs. He destroyed all the opposition. No opponent could escape the deadly charge of the Bush forces. He would conquer! The Democratic forces aligned against him were no match. No seat, in the House of Representative or the United States Senate that was in play would be allowed to escape the grasping fingers of his greed to control every seat in the Legislature. Before the day had ended this November 5, 2002, and the last voting booth had closed, it had become clear that the president had won a smashing victory! The enemy has been vanquished and he has victory, or does he?

Commentary
What Does the GOP Sweep Mean to the Estrada Nomination?
By Victor Menaldo
Last September, Miguel Estrada faced contentious Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings. But this was before President Bush received what many pundits call a historical mandate in the midterm elections held on November 5th, when the Republican Party regained control of the Senate and increased their numbers in the House. Yet, the reason why Bush nominated Estrada to the 10th Circuit (D.C. Court of Appeals) still stands: mainly because this court has been proven itself as the premier holding pen for future Supreme Court Justices. Like all good partisan-presidents (forgive the oxymoron), of conservative persuasions, Bush wants to tip the ideological balance of the courts as far to the right as possible.

Commentary
A WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AND THE RIGHT TO VOTE
So Close to Disneyland and so far from the American Dream
By Ben Garza
Why do we continue to insist on the Right to Vote? Why is this Women’s Conference so important to the Mexican Community residing in the United States? Why are we asking the Mexican community, in particular the Mexican woman, to come and stand with us in the fight for Mexican democracy?

Notas Politicas
Reflections on November 5th:
· Statewide: 44.8% of the voters voted! 55.2% stayed home!

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Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

San Diego Ballet, Temporada Otoñal
Por Claudia Hernández
Las noches de otoño no solo traen cientos de pequeños montículos de hojarasca sino que, a su paso, le acompañan energías de tal magnitud que hace posible dejar el sillón reclinable y la taza de te para ponerse un buen par de botas y disfrutar de las fantásticas noches que nos ofrece la nueva temporada del San Diego Ballet. La noche del viernes 1ro de noviembre del año en curso, se estrenó lo que será la temporada de otoño de dicha muestra artística a través de la kinesis. El programa estuvo conformado por una extraordinaria sincretismo que sencillamente logró llevar a los espectadores por un fugaz paseo a lo largo de cientos y millones de sentimientos distintos, creando así, un ambiente de catarsis total no obstante, haciendo así honor al arte, esta primer muestra fue majestuosamente deleitante, simplemente vital...

“Gordas. Historia de una batalla” de Isabel Velázquez
Por Pablo De Sainz
“Ñoñas, cerdas, panzonas, cochis, ballenas, barriles, gordinflonas, botijas, comelonas, gordas”.

Concurso Estatal de Pintura Infantil
Por: Paco Zavala
Si algo es importante en la actualidad, es el desarrollo sano de los niños en todos sus conceptos y elementos; para realizar este trabajo tan meticuloso, arduo, cargado de una dinámica especial, de una energía sin igual, de ideas sanas y concretas, adicionadas con intenciones con una gran cantidad de amor y de ternura, porque los niños lo merecen todo.

MACUILXOCHITL KIVA
Music Reviews and Updates:
By Francisco H. Ciriza
Highly anticipated by her adoring fans, but maybe even more more importantly by those waiting to see how the young Colombiana continues her quest to conquer the U.S. and especially it’s English speaking inhabitants, Shakira unleashes her “Tour of the Mongoose” tonight (11/08/02) at the Sports Arena. Shakira has been on the forefront of the commercial crossover scene. Following the overnight success (and disappearance) of other Latino artists, Shakira has recorded an album in English and focused her camp’s efforts toward the English speaking market.

Manuel Romero: Un joven pero maduro cantante de mariachi
Por Pablo De Sainz
La música de mariachi es un género donde los niños pueden desarrollarse y convertirse en iconos de la cultura popular mexicana.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Se presenta en Tijuana el IX Festival Hispanoamericano de Guitarra, que inició el día de ayer jueves 7 del corriente mes, con una apertura expositoria denominada “ La Plástica bajacaliforniana en el marco del IX Festival Hispanoamericano de Guitarra” en una colectiva de artistas bajacalifornianos en torno al tema de la música, este evento se está presentando en el Vestíbulo del Teatro.

Marco Antonio Barrera: “Con Dinero, Baila El Perro!”
By Fiona Manning
They called it the Battle of Boxing’s Biggest Little Men. And It was.

Gerardo, Valderrama Shine for Mexico
By John Philip Wyllie
Considering the history of the battles waged on the soccer field between the United States and Mexico in women’s soccer, fans of the Tricolores must have been expecting the worst when the two teams collided at the Rose Bowl on October 27. That a depleted Mexico could hold the powerful U.S. to just three goals in a 3-0 losing effort bodes well for the team’s World Cup prospects.

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